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Lionel Cunningham, with the Florida Skin & Bones team, grills racks of ribs to sell during the 2010 Colorado BBQ Championships in Craig. This year’s event will go on as scheduled, after being issued a tentative permit from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. However, organizers must take special precautions and may have to cancel the event if unexpected fire hazards arise.

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Craig/Moffat County barbecue event receives conditional permit

Organizers of the Colorado State BBQ Championships recently received a tentative permit from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office to host their event as planned. Now in its third year in Craig, the BBQ Championships are scheduled to run in conjunction with the Moffat County Balloon Festival Aug. 3 to 5 at Loudy-Simpson Park. However, before the grilling begins, organizers will need to follow through on some safety conditions. The area used for the championships must be supervised by experienced fire personnel, and firefighters will wet down the ground with water from an on-site truck every few hours to prevent stray embers from open flame grills catching the grass on fire.

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